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Incorporating Wolverhampton Camera Club
I started dabbling with photography when I was a teenager though I must say I didn’t really do anything serious. I used an Ensign 6”x4.5” Selfix film camera which was given to me by my uncle - it had all manual controls and it even had expandable bellows and a separate parallax-based manual range finder which attached to the camera’s hot shoe. Whilst still at home I converted our small bedroom to a darkroom but as I moved through my twenties my interest in photography declined as life’s priorities changed. It was the late 1980’s when my interest was resurrected and I began taking photography more seriously again, purchasing my first serious camera in 1988 - a Practika SLR camera. I joined WPS in 1989 and later upgraded to a Canon N1 Pro with a range of EF lenses, a film-based system of course which all sounds really old fashioned nowadays … the photographic world of today has come a long way indeed. I moved onto the Canon EOS system when digital photography became established and I worked my way though a few different models culminating with my current Canon 7D MkII with a variety of Canon prime and zoom lenses. I’m really happy with my set-up now but it’s a long way from those early beginnings. Along the way I achieved my LRPS qualification then later I obtained ARPS and obtaining these, or something similar, is something I’d really recommend doing. You learn so much about photography and it provides positive goals to aspire to. I’m really glad I put the effort in to achieve success. To further my interest in Club photography and ‘to put something back’ into our hobby, I signed-up for an MCPF judging course at Smethwick Photographic Society and became a circuit judge attending competition evenings for clubs around the region. I did this for ten years so I definitely know how it feels from both sides of the club competitions. From a personal perspective, much of my photographic enjoyment centres around using Photoshop as this allows me to create/produce images from within my mind and not just from the images a camera records. I’m sure the photographic purists out there will have something to say about this and suggest what I do isn’t true photography, but I really feel there’s enough room in our hobby for whatever photographic leanings one may have. Occasionally I’m asked what my favourite photographic genre is but the truth is I’ll photograph just about anything that interests me … right now it’s Street Photography. Soon I’ll have been a member of Wolverhampton Photographic Society for thirty years so can someone please explain to me where all that time has gone. I’m looking forward to the next thirty though!
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WPS logo Alan Lawrence Photographer in Focus
Photographs on this page are Copyright © Alan Lawrence
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Night Hunter
Canon 7D MkII :  160mm, 1/5000sec, f/8, ISO-16000, 0 step Canon PowerShot G10 :  6mm, 1/60sec, f/2.8, ISO-250, 0 step No Camera Information Available Canon 7D :  28mm, 1/125sec, f/11, ISO-100, 0 step Panasonic DMC-TZ30 :  21mm, 1/320sec, f/5.3, ISO-400, +0.3 step No Camera Information Available Canon 7D :  17mm, 1/250sec, f/2.8, ISO-250, 0 step Canon D60 :  300mm, 1/350sec, f/6.7, ISO-100, 0 step Canon 7D MkII :  12mm, 15sec, f/11, ISO-200, 0 step No Camera Information Available No Camera Information Available Canon 7D :  28mm, 1/30sec, f/2.8, ISO-1600, -0.3 step Alan Lawrence
Early Morning Mist
Theatre At 10pm
Porthill Bridge, Shrewsbury
Chillingham Castle's Private Lounge
On the Limit
Singer's Shadow
1800 Centigrade
Gargoyle
Taking Five
Down & Out
Hand Letter Cutting
Christmas Dog In Snow
Copyright © Wolverhampton Photographic Society 2018
Supported by the National Lottery
No image or design on this site may be copied or used in printed form or digitally without permission and all photographs remain the property and copyright of the original photographer.
I started dabbling with photography when I was a teenager though I must say I didn’t really do anything serious. I used an Ensign 6”x4.5” Selfix film camera which was given to me by my uncle - it had all manual controls and it even had expandable bellows and a separate parallax-based manual range finder which attached to the camera’s hot shoe. Whilst still at home I converted our small bedroom to a darkroom but as I moved through my twenties my interest in photography declined as life’s priorities changed. It was the late 1980’s when my interest was resurrected and I began taking photography more seriously again, purchasing my first serious camera in 1988 - a Practika SLR camera. I joined WPS in 1989 and later upgraded to a Canon N1 Pro with a range of EF lenses, a film- based system of course which all sounds really old fashioned nowadays … the photographic world of today has come a long way indeed. I moved onto the Canon EOS system when digital photography became established and I worked my way though a few different models culminating with my current Canon 7D MkII with a variety of Canon prime and zoom lenses. I’m really happy with my set-up now but it’s a long way from those early beginnings. Along the way I achieved my LRPS qualification then later I obtained ARPS and obtaining these, or something similar, is something I’d really recommend doing. You learn so much about photography and it provides positive goals to aspire to. I’m really glad I put the effort in to achieve success. To further my interest in Club photography and ‘to put something back’ into our hobby, I signed-up for an MCPF judging course at Smethwick Photographic Society and became a circuit judge attending competition evenings for clubs around the region. I did this for ten years so I definitely know how it feels from both sides of the club competitions. From a personal perspective, much of my photographic enjoyment centres around using Photoshop as this allows me to create/produce images from within my mind and not just from the images a camera records. I’m sure the photographic purists out there will have something to say about this and suggest what I do isn’t true photography, but I really feel there’s enough room in our hobby for whatever photographic leanings one may have. Occasionally I’m asked what my favourite photographic genre is but the truth is I’ll photograph just about anything that interests me … right now it’s Street Photography. Soon I’ll have been a member of Wolverhampton Photographic Society for thirty years so can someone please explain to me where all that time has gone. I’m looking forward to the next thirty though!
Photographer in Focus Alan Lawrence
Photographs on this page are Copyright © Alan Lawrence
Click on a photo to view it larger and see a slide-show of the images on this page
Night Hunter
Canon 7D MkII :  160mm, 1/5000sec, f/8, ISO-16000, 0 step Canon PowerShot G10 :  6mm, 1/60sec, f/2.8, ISO-250, 0 step No Camera Information Available Canon 7D :  28mm, 1/125sec, f/11, ISO-100, 0 step Panasonic DMC-TZ30 :  21mm, 1/320sec, f/5.3, ISO-400, +0.3 step No Camera Information Available Canon D60 :  300mm, 1/350sec, f/6.7, ISO-100, 0 step Canon 7D MkII :  12mm, 15sec, f/11, ISO-200, 0 step No Camera Information Available No Camera Information Available Canon 7D :  28mm, 1/30sec, f/2.8, ISO-1600, -0.3 step
Early Morning Mist
Theatre At 10pm
Porthill Bridge, Shrewsbury
Chillingham Castle's Private Lounge
Singer's Shadow
1800 Centigrade
Down & Out
Hand Letter Cutting
Christmas Dog In Snow
Canon 7D :  17mm, 1/250sec, f/2.8, ISO-250, 0 step
Taking Five
Gargoyle
Wolverhampton Photographic Society